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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Is there someone in your life, present or past (even future) that you’d like to write a poem for?
In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of writing “love poetry”, from the ecstatic to the melancholic, from discovering that intimate connection to finding uniquely evocative ways of expressing that connection through poetry. We will study how best to show true emotion without leaning too heavily into sentimentality, as well exploring poems that deal with loss of a loved one.
We will analyze diverse poems from contemporary poets, followed by hands-on writing activities, prompts, and plenty of in-class writing time.
Calling all kids and families:
Join Columbia Riverkeeper and special guest, Claudia Castro Luna, for an afternoon of poetry for the family. This is a kid-friendly poetry workshop, all in Spanish, that will focus on themes around the environment and river ecosystems. Kids and their families will have the opportunity to write poetry, draw, and publish their work on Columbia Riverkeeper’s website. This event will be instructed and taught in Spanish and kids and families are welcome to speak in whatever language is comfortable for them.
Poems to Get Us Through: The Best of Pandemic Poetry
Throughout the atrocities, hardships, and loss of 2020, many poets did what they do best: they wrote about what it was like to be alive. We’ll spend 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST together, marveling at pandemic poems written by Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Dana Levin, Erika L. Sánchez, and Marcus Wicker. We’ll discuss how these poems move our bodies, hearts, and minds. We’ll also try on some 2020-themed writing of our own. No previous poetry experience is necessary. An openness to the power of language, however, is essential.
Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for the Indiana Writers Center Summer Learning Programs, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the tribal lands of the Clatsop people.
Writers are people who read, write, and rewrite. They know the rules. They know how—and when!—to break them. We’ll practice The Writing Life together during this online workshop. We’ll encourage each other’s writing dreams to take shape on the page.
How it works: In this workshop class we will meet four times in April for 1.5 hours. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction written by young writers. Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers), the instructor, will offer a framework for talking about the craft of each piece. We will use this framework to better understand how writing moves our hearts, minds, and bodies.
Each writer will have the option to share their own writing during each session. We will respond with claps, snaps, kudos, and/or details, depending on the writer’s feedback preferences.
Each session will feature reading, writing, revision, and celebration. Lauren will share links and resources for further exploration, as well as answer questions regarding revision, publication, and writing opportunities.
Who is the Instructor?
Lauren Mallett’s (she/her/hers) poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, RHINO, Fugue, Passages North, and other journals. She has taught for the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop since 2008. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, CA from 2010-2013. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. She is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. Lauren lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. Her current obsessions are banana slugs and fly amanita mushrooms. She believes that deep listening and trust are the encouragement we all need to tell our stories.
When is this class offered?
This class is offered virtually and meets from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST on four Wednesdays in April: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28. It is open to writers ages 11-18 who are interested in writing and learning more about creative writing. The class is capped at 12 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class. Three scholarships are available for BIPOC, Queer, and/or Trans writers (please contact Lauren at mallett [dot] lauren [at] gmail [dot] com for scholarship enrollment details). Tuition includes the option to meet with Lauren for a 30-minute, one-on-one conference via Zoom or phone during the first and/or last week of the workshop.